This week I was able to kayak down the Wekiva River. There were eight miles of paddling involved, but there was a lot of going with the flow too. One may call it yielding to fate or a predetermined course. The river was only going one direction. I could have fought it or go with it. I went with it.
On the one hand, I am reminded of the saying, “Sow a thought and you reap an action; sow an action and reap a habit; sow a habit and reap a character; sow a character and reap a destiny.” This saying reminds us that our thoughts can determine where we end up in life, which is true. Life has a way of keeping us responsible for our thoughts and actions.
On the other hand, we must remember, there is a God-ordained destiny for us all and we have about as much control over it as we have over when and where we were born, whom our parents would be, or whom our siblings are–or if we would even have siblings. God’s desire is for people to really love their family and see their family for what they are—kisses from God.
I think we make many mistakes in life when we get in an “either/or” mode when God wants us in a “both/and” mode. When Forrest Gump is at his Jenny’s grave near the end of the movie, he says, “Jenny, I don’t know if Momma was right or if…if it’s Lieutenant Dan. I don’t know if we each have a destiny, or if we’re all just floating around accidental-like on a breeze, but I…I think maybe it’s both. Maybe both is happening at the same time.”
Have you found your God-ordained Destiny? Are you paddling with the flow of Him? The kisses from God are in abundance when we go with His flow.